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If you build it, they will come


Tom Frericks, owner of Ultimate Sports Bar, has almost forgotten that he once had something that he lost in a fire..

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First Impressions

By Ari Kaufman

Is your website our of date? Don’t leave visitors with a bad first impression.

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S-Corp, C-Corp, LLC?

By Jean Massmann, BerganKDV

Making the right decision in the alphabet soup of business tax structures is critical for every small business owner.

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Business owners have lots of expenses and investments to consider.  When you’re working with a limited budget, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each business expense. Common culprits of business overspending include manual audits, accounting software, and digital subscriptions. Forbes recommends 14 ways to avoid wasting money

avoiding burnout

Small business owners may be setting themselves up for burnout without even realizing it.  Little habits and practices, like not getting enough sleep or working too many long hours can you leave you tired, unmotivated, and irritable.resources and finding low-cost external resources.

Improving hybrid work

Firms that continue with a hybrid work model may face challenges such as communication, coordination and creativity.  This 5C checklist may help.

becoming profitable

The proper balance of business metrics and flexibility creates a systematic, repeatable approach to profitability.  As they say, what gets measured gets done. This four-step approach can help.

Where are the workers?

Economy Central

Where are the workers?

Recent research reveals that retirements may be a key factor in the decline of workers.  By Hannah Mayhew and Lynn MacDonald

This story first appeared in the May-June 2022 issue of Business Central Magazine.  The following references were used in the story.


Domash, A. and L.H. Summers. (2022). How tight are U.S. labor markets? NBER Working Paper 29739. Retrieved March 17, 2022, from

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Fry, R. (2021, November 4). Amid the pandemic, a rising share of older U.S. adults are now retired. Pew Research Center. Retrieved February 25, 2022, from 

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e biggest drivers of poor sleep is using electronic devices at bedtime.  By Ashlinn Rooney

This story first appeared in the March-April 2022 issue of Business Central Magazine.

Following are the sources used in this story: “1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep.” CDC. Feb. 18, 2016. “Blue light has a dark side.” Harvard Health Publishing. July 7, 2020. Fry, Alexa and Alex Demitriu. “How to Relieve Stress for Bedtime.” Sleep Foundation. Jan. 8, 2021. Rath, Tom and Jim Harter. “Exercise, Sleep, and Physical Well-Being.” Gallup. Oct. 21, 2010.

geography matters

It turns out that where we live affects how much we are likely to purchase.  By Allison Bily and Lynn MacDonald

This story first appeared in the March-April 2022 issue of Business Central Magazine.

The following source was used in this story: Diamond, R. and E. Moretti. Where is Standard of Living the Highest? Local Prices and the Geography of Consumption. (December 2021) NBER working paper #29533.

cultivating innovation


Cultivating Innovation

Continually seeking creative solutions to your customers’ needs is one step toward innovation.  By Jeanine Nistler

This story first appeared in the May-June 2022 issue of Business Central Magazine

No matter the depth and breadth of innovation, the responsibility to innovate does not rest at the top of an organization. In fact, it should not rest there, according to local business leaders and innovation guru Jeffrey Baumgartner.

MasterClass has a considerable amount of content related to innovation.

Old house. new space. big plans.

Special Focus: Sauk Rapids

Old house. New space. Big plans. By Rene Kaluza. 

This story first appeared in the May-June 2022 issue of Business Central Magazine

Benton County Historical Society will open what has been known as the Robinson-Stanton House as its new offices and research center later this year. The house, built by Leonard Robinson at 202 Second St. S, is the only one constructed of Sauk Rapids granite.

The Clearing now offers a rentable event center and building for smaller gatherings, an interactive water feature, and an outdoor amphitheater. 

the power of automation


The Power of Automation Technology is available today to assist small business owners and marketers in every industry to bring all or part of their operations to the cloud

cyber safety

Protecting your business from cyber-attacks doesn’t need to break your budget.

This story first appeared in the May-June 2022 issue of Business Central Magazine.

The first step in improving your cybersecurity is understanding your risk of an attack, and where you can make the biggest improvements. Following are some useful tools provided by the federal government.